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More support needed for Polish organic growers
On average, Poles spend 7 Euro per year on organic food. For comparison, the average German spends 100 Euro and Danes 200 Euro per year. The European average is 44 Euro and the global average is 11 Euro.
The high price of organic products is also linked to long distribution chains. Producers complain that they are unable to sell their products in Poland. As a result, they look for foreign customers. There, organic raw food is made from Polish raw materials, from which German, French, Danish and Dutch producers earn a lot of money. It is mainly these products that we find on Polish shelves, sold for prices that are too high for the average Pole.
Organic food will always be more expensive than conventional food. So how is it possible to increase the demand for such products in Poland? In Denmark, the government allocates special funds for the promotion of organic food, and promotes the use of organic products in schools or public institutions.
In Poland, there is no incentive for organic farming. A Polish grower willing to switch to organic production is basically left alone.
"They must face a tangle of regulations, and it is difficult to find, for example, reliable knowledge about what fertilizers and plant protection products are allowed. As a result, in fear of losing subsidies, no such products are used, which translates into reduced efficiency (...) There is no promotion of organic food and nothing allocated for public institutions, like schools, which could quickly and effectively help increase the demand for such products," says Poland's Supreme Audit Office (NIK).
More and more consumers are interested in organic food. Organic production generates jobs, sparks innovation, has an educational value and teaches responsibility for the product being delivered.
"The promotion of Polish organic food could help tap the great potential of our agriculture and translate into a positive image of Polish food products in general," emphasised the NIK.
Publication date: 6/13/2018
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